Inspired by Indonesia: Slow Cooked Beef Noodles, with Spinach, Fried Egg and Peanut Sambal


The flavours really wake up your taste buds and the combination of the slow cooked beef with the noodles is really comforting…try it!

Serves: 4

Prep: 20mins
Cook: 2h 10mins

Ingredients: 600g chuck steak, dried egg noodles (4 person portion), 400ml of coconut milk (I used low fat as it’s January, but full fat is fine!), 400ml of chicken stock, 2 large handfuls of spinach, 4 eggs, 2 garlic cloves peeled and finely sliced, 2 small sliced red chillies, thumb sized piece of ginger peeled and finely sliced, juice of one lime, 1 tbsp of rice wine vinegar, 1 tbsp fish sauce, 1 tbsp brown sugar, 1 tsp of turmeric, oil for frying the eggs.

For the Peanut Sambal: 1 tbsp of natural or salted peanuts, 1 small red chilli with seeds, 1/2 thumb sized piece of ginger, 1 garlic clove, 3 tbsp of rice wine vinegar, 1 tbsp of olive oil, juice of 1/2 a lime, 1 tsp of brown sugar, small bunch of coriander.


  1. Preheat your oven to 150(fan)
  2. Cut your beef into chunks and add to an oven proof lidded dish
  3. Add to this 400ml of coconut milk, 400ml of chicken stock, garlic, chillies, ginger, lime juice, rice wine vinegar, fish sauce, sugar and turmeric
  4. Place into oven and cook for one hour
  5. In the meantime make your Peanut Sambal…
  6. In a pestle and mortar place all your dry ingredients and bring to almost a paste like consistency
  7. Now add the rice wine vinegar, olive oil and lime juice and leave to one side
  8. After the beef has been cooking for one hour, remove from the oven and using a wooden spoon press down on the beef to help break it down, give it all a stir and place back into the over for the last hour
  9. When the last hour is up, turn the oven off and cook your noodles using packet instructions, drain the noodles and add to your beef, giving them all a good stir, put the lid back on and leave in the oven while you fry your eggs
  10. Heat a little oil in a pan and cook your eggs to your liking
  11. Tear up your spinach add to your beef noodles and start to plate up
  12. Place your eggs on top of the noodles, drizzle over the peanut sambal and dig in!

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12 thoughts on “Inspired by Indonesia: Slow Cooked Beef Noodles, with Spinach, Fried Egg and Peanut Sambal

  1. This dish is delicious, even though, because we’d had noodles two days previously, I used potatoes instead, I must confess that I didn’t add the egg, nor the peanut sambal because we’d eaten eggs for lunch and I don’t possess a large enough pestle and mortar,,,,,,,,,,,,,,however, the flavour of the beef dish was truly amazing on its own and I will, in future, be making it again, this time with the noodles and mebbe purchase a pestle and mortar!


    1. So glad you liked it. I can see how the beef would work with potatoes and maybe even rice. Serving with egg is very traditonal in Indonesia, so for a lighter dish you could try egg on top of noodles with just the spinach!


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